Dashboard cameras catch criminals in the Tri-Cities

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- You can run, but you definitely can't hide... especially on our highways.

Along our state roads, good-old police work just got a major kickstart, care of a state-of-art computer program.

"If people have a warrant, it's instant access to that info," says Trooper Chris Thorson.

It's called a Mobile Office Protocol, or MOP device. The name may sound boring, but Troopers like Thorson will tell you that it's a Godsend to keeping our roads safer.

Here in the Tri-Cities, nearly a third of the state patrol fleet is equipped with a MOP device.

Take your pick on how to use it. At lunchtime, Trooper Thorson used the MOP device to do a background check. But just minutes later, it came in handy by scanning the license plate number of a suspicious car.

The innovation doesn't end there. With the MOP device, troopers can track stolen guns, stolen boats, and basically anything that was ever stolen in the first place.

All under the watch a dashboard camera that records every single traffic stop a trooper makes.

The video can be crucial to prove a case in court.

The goal is to verify that law enforcement did everything the correct way, so a suspect can have a fair trial.

"Troopers love having the instant access and it's always available to them," Trooper Thorson tells KEPR.

Money for the MOP system was approved by lawmakers a year ago.